Originally posted on This Public Historian:
Everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. People love to debate and give reasons as to why a certain event couldn’t have gone down in history the way textbooks, or the government, want us to believe. There’s an element of pride in being able to see through the apparent lies we’ve been told and a feeling of success in having “cracked the case,” even if it’s not on the official record. I also believe that people has an inherent desire to impart meaning to random circumstances, making superficial connections between unrelated events. I really believe it’s in the human nature to attach such meaning in order to rationalize and categorize events that occurred that often lack a clear or definitive result.